There are six common palm coatings that are used for work gloves and Bhutta Gloves' portfolio have all of them:

  1. Latex
  2. Standard nitrile / flat nitrile
  3. Foam nitrile
  4. Micropore nitrile
  5. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  6. Polyurethane



Though they often get a bad rap, latex-coated gloves are soft, dexterous, and very durable. Latex doesn’t offer much protection against cuts or punctures, but it provides a strong grip, and withstands both extreme temperatures and tearing. If chemicals are a hazard in your workplace, latex also resists alcohols and some ketones, though as a general rule, it doesn’t perform well in the presence of hydrocarbons and organic solvents.

For all of these reasons, latex-coated gloves are an excellent choice for many applications.


Standard nitrile / flat nitrile

For those who can’t wear work gloves with latex components, nitrile is another excellent substitute. It’s three times more puncture-resistant than the rubber used to make work gloves, and provides great puncture and tear resistance. It isn’t flame-resistant, but it performs very well in -4˚C (25˚F) to 149˚C (300˚F) temperatures. Since it’s very durable and will give you a good grip, nitrile is also a popular choice for those who require general purpose gloves.


Foam Nitrile

But if you’re in search of a glove with a strong wet grip, your best bet is to go with Foam Nitrile. Foam nitrile is a ‘whipped’ version of the flat nitrile coating. Foam nitrile acts like a sponge to absorb liquids. This gives you better grip than a flat nitrile coating.For those who work in oily and wet conditions on a regular basis, gloves with foam nitrile coatings are unparalleled in the workplace. Nitrile provides excellent comfort and dexterity; when foamed, it behaves like a sponge by soaking up oil and displacing it. Your hands won’t slip when trying to get a hold on oily metal parts.


Micropore Nitrile 

 One type of foam nitrile coating is infused with millions of tiny pores using “micropore” technology. Unlike foam nitrile, micropore nitrile doesn’t absorb oils and liquids so your hands stay dry.



PVC is so versatile and inexpensive it is one of the most commonly used coatings for work gloves. Also, since it’s 100 percent synthetic, it won’t cause allergic reactions – making it a popular substitute for latex in workplaces where allergies are an issue. It’s ideal for woodworking, automotive assembly, trim applications and any job where you’re at risk of getting sticky fingers.



If you’re looking for a glove coating that’s extremely flexible, relatively inexpensive, and has a low particulate shed, polyurethane might be a good choice. It’s not the most durable coating, but polyurethane will provide you with a phenomenal grip without ever feeling sticky – meaning that you won’t have to worry about using finishing processes or substances like powder or chlorination to deal with stickiness. It also provides excellent protection against oils and greases, though it has poor water and heat resistance.


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